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Owner and winemaker Kimberly Smith learned her trade from Clos Pepe winemaker Wes Hagen . She produces limited amounts of wine from Santa Maria Valley and Sta. Rita Hills vineyards. The first vintage was 2010.
The tasting room is open weekends in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Private tastings by appointment - 805-291-6643.
2011 La Montagne Sierra Madre Vineyard Clone 667 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 75 cases, $48. Clone 667 planted in sandy loam soils in 1971 by Robert Mondavi. Aged 18 months in 25% new and 75% neutral French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark stone fruits and berries, spice and oak. The core of blackberry, black currant and black cherry fruit is juicy and flavorful, but a green, vegetal streak, which could be oak-induced, runs beneath the surface and spoils the experience. The tannins are well-mannered and their is some blackberry-driven finish with a flourish of oak. Tasted twice. Score: 86. Reviewed February 22, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 La Montagne Huber Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
50 cases, $55. From an older vineyard first planted in 1987. Clone 115. Aged 18 months in 50% new and 50% neutral French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is aloof initially, offering little fruit. On the palate, the wine tastes of tar and oily oak, with a modicum of dark berry flavor that is rather bland. The mouth feel is silky and the tannins are well managed. Tasted the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the fruit still had not shown up on the nose which exhibited aromas of dusty oak, stem and underbrush, and the flavor profile had not changed. Tasted twice. Score: 84. Reviewed February 22, 2014 ARTICLE »